Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Fee

The I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee is a required fee charged by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Its purpose is to defray the costs of the administration and maintenance of the system, which is used to monitor and track F-1 students, J-1 Exchange Visitors, and their dependents. The SEVIS fee applies to students who are:

  • Entering the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1 student
  • Changing status within the U.S. to F-1 or J-1

Students who are transferring their current F-1 or J-1 status with SEVIS to CWRU already have paid this fee. The only reason a transfer student would have to pay the fee again is if their current status is completed and a new SEVIS record is issued.

SEVIS payments cannot and should not be made until you receive your I-20/DS-2019.

Once you receive your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to pay the SEVIS fee by completing an I-901 Fee Remittance Form, in English, online. You are required to have proof that you paid the SEVIS fee in order to obtain a visa; be sure to print the payment confirmation page after payment is complete.

When you attend your interview at a U.S. consulate abroad, confirmation of SEVIS fee payment must be provided to the consular officer. You can request a visa appointment prior to paying the SEVIS I-901 fee, but you must have paid the fee and have a printed payment confirmation prior to your visa interview.

If you are a Canadian citizen, a visa is not required; however, you will need to prove that you’ve paid the SEVIS fee by presenting the payment confirmation to the officer at the port of entry. Be sure to keep your payment confirmation with your immigration document; you may need evidence of this payment in the future.

If you’re an F-1 or J-1 student who has paid the required I‑901 SEVIS fee, you can access your information, check the status of your payment, and get any updates at FMJfee.com from your mobile device. Being able to access information from your mobile device does not count as providing proof of confirmation of payment; a printed receipt is still required.